Art and Design

Program Overview

The Fine Arts major learns that humanity provides the background for all art. It is the human experience and condition that lays the  foundation upon which the creation and evaluation of art rests. A Fine Arts major with an art emphasis features studio experiences combined with a broad-based liberal arts background. Students will take  courses in western and non-western art history, as well as studio courses such as drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, arts and crafts,  photography and electronic art as part of this multi-faceted major.  Course descriptions can be found here.

All students interested in art are automatically accepted into the B.A. in Art when they are accepted by the University.

Entrance to the BFA degree is by portfolio review. Many students apply and switch from the B.A. into the BFA after they have completed a semester or two at LHU. Entering the BFA in one's sophomore year does not delay graduation. High School seniors may also apply to the BFA before starting at LHU, but this is not required. Any student interested in the BFA in Studio Art or in Graphic Design may submit a portfolio of 14 to 20 artworks. The portfolio may be in the form of actual work, or in the form of digital images. The digital image format is preferred. 

Actual portfolio's may be dropped off with Pam Fisher in Sloan Hall 138 on the campus of Lock Haven University and may be picked up about a week later after receiving a phone call.

Digital images of art works should be placed on a CD or USB drive. Documentation should be included describing the works, (size, medium, date created, title). 

The art faculty also ask that a one paragraph statement by the applicant be included. The statement should address the student's interests and goals in art.

CDs or USB drives of images may be mailed to:

Ray Heffner, Chairperson
Dept of Visual and Performing Arts
Sloan Hall
Lock Haven University
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art

This flexible program allows you to select courses  from a wide variety of studio art and art history offerings and choose an area  of specialization. You will be introduced to traditional and contemporary art  media and content to help you develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness.  You will learn to appreciate art and learn about the history and culture of  art-making peoples past and present. In your senior year, you will be required  to exhibit your work in the John Sloan Arts Center gallery.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Art is a  professional degree and requires a more concentrated and specific art  experience. You may choose to concentrate in one of three specializations. This program is more selective and to be admitted, you must submit a portfolio of  your work when you apply for admission to LHU. This sampling of your work should  include twelve to twenty pieces.

If accepted, you will be able to  take a greater number of advanced studio courses and seminars within the major.  As with the B.A. degree, you will be required to exhibit your work in the John  Sloan Arts Center gallery during your senior year. Your senior art  exhibit will showcase your skills and talents to the  entire campus and community.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree has three specializations.  Students may choose to follow one of the following:

  • Graphic & On-line Design
  • Two-Dimensional Art
  • Three-Dimensional Art

Graphic & On-line Design

Web and Screen-Based Design
Lock Haven University has an excellent track record in preparing and placing our graduates in design careers. Our alumni are graphic designers working in areas including web development and in web content creation.  Employers and design clients include Oprah Winfrey, Nike, Corvette Magazine,  IBM, and Hewlett Packard.

Animation / Video Art
Our superior computer lab is equipped for creating digital content including digital painting, digital photography, digital video and animation. We have the latest  Apple computers, scanners and color printers. You will also have access to digital still and video cameras and projectors to film, edit and present your own videos.

Print Design
In these courses, you will be prepared to design for a variety of print media including magazines, newspapers, books, and package design. 

Minors to pair with Art and Design
Art students can pair their art degree with a minor in Applied Computer Science and Information Systems or in Business. The Computer Science minor includes courses in Game Design, Web-Based Application Development and the Business minor includes courses in Internet Marketing and Commerce, Social Entreprenuership, Management Concepts and Strategies, just to name a few. Either minor can be useful in expanding one's learning and career potential.

Two-Dimensional  Art

Painting & Drawing
Drawing remains the foundation for all the disciplines of the  arts and you can select from a variety of courses in drawing to increase your  skills and creativity while becoming familiar with a variety of drawing  materials. The Figure Studies course allows you to focus on the human figure  and anatomy using a live model. In painting, you will experiment with a variety  of media including watercolor, acrylics and oils.

You will learn the techniques of etching,  relief, lithography, screenprinting, collography and monoprints. The  printmaking lab is equipped with litho stones as well as lithography and etching  presses.

In photography courses, you will learn traditional black and white and digital photography. The darkroom facilities include enlargers.

Digital Art and Media 
Students can pursue their creativity in digital media. In digital media classes students study animation, video art and editing, digital painting, and digital motion arts.

Three-Dimensional  Art

In these courses, you will work with a  variety of materials including wood, plaster, clay, steel and mixed media  assemblage. The sculpture facilities include a fully equipped wood shop and the  facilities for steel fabrication.

Our large ceramics  facility has 20 individual pottery wheels and on-site kiln. You will learn hand  building as well as throwing techniques and experimentation is  encouraged.

Jewelry and Metals
Our facility is fully equipped. Students learn cold connections, soldering techniques, and a variety of surface  decorations. Advanced courses include enameling, precious metals and casting.

Study Abroad

Italy (Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice) This  specially-designed summer art program allows you to study art on location in  Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice and other cities. Your small class of 10-15  students allows direct and personal study of Italian art and culture including  works of the great Italian masters like Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphael. You  will also take courses in studio art such as drawing and painting. You will earn  full credits toward graduation while experiencing first-hand the richness of  Italy and its art.

London & Paris
This Visual Arts Seminar is designed to give students the experience of the arts and architecture present in London, Paris and the Palace of Versailles, using the architecture museums as a classroom. Selected works are discussed and analyzed with a concentration on art, historic signficance and culture.

The Fine Arts Society

The student art  club takes trips to major art centers such as New York and Washington, D.C. FAS  is in part responsible for organizing and mounting exhibitions in our university  galleries. It also organizes and funds the visiting artist's lectures and other art exhibits.

The Crucible

Art students  are encouraged to contribute works for publication in the LHU student literary  and art journal, The Crucible.

University Art Galleries

The John Sloan Fine Arts Center and the newly opened Bentley  Gallery are modern facilities that play an important part in the art  department's outreach to the community. Numerous regional and international  artists exhibit here each year and offer public lectures on their work. LHU's  art collection has been developed over the years into a useful and  important teaching resource.

Student Studios

Individual workspaces are available to many of our dedicated  students. This unique opportunity allows you to make the most of your studio art  classes.

Internships & Career Opportunities

Internships act as a bridge between your  studies and your career. In order to gain this valuable hands-on experience, you  will be encouraged to complete an internship. The Art Department will help you  find an internship experience that best suits your interests.

With your degree in two- or three-dimensional  art, you may pursue a career as a working artist and craftsperson. You may also  work in art-related positions such as preparators in museums or galleries. If  you specialize in the Graphic and On-line Design area, you will be prepared for  work in graphic design firms, advertising agencies, web design firms, magazine  and newspaper publishers and more.

The B.F.A. degree provides you with a  foundation necessary to enter and succeed in graduate school, opening a  potentially greater range of professional career options.

Art as Minor

The department also offers minors in studio art and in art history for students who wish to develop a background in art in addition to their primary major.